Starting a Horse Breeding Business
I am thinking of starting a horse breeding business. I'm just thinking of different options for my future. I will be going to USU for my BS - emphasis on Equine management, breeding, and science.
I understand that breeding is a controversial topic. I did not plan on being the typical backyard breeder. The area my breeding business will be in has a large horse community. There are quite a few Dressage competitors, but no Dressage horse breeders in the area. This is why I think a Dressage horse breeding farm will do well; considering everything is done the right way.
These are the plans I have thought up, can you please tell me if it sounds good or if I should change anything? If I were to do everything right, what are your opinions on this? This is just the rough draft of my plans, so I am open to ideas. Anything I should change? Thanks.
1.) Find one good mare, trained or untrained. She will have breeding quality bloodlines, conformation, and temperament. If untrained, I will train her in Dressage.
2.) I will show her, and after she shows a successful career, I will breed her to a proven stallion.
3.) I will raise the foal, and train it in Dressage. I will not sell it as a foal, because I want people to see how successful foals from my mare can be.
4.) After winning a few competitions, it will go up for sale. If the foal is in high demand. I will buy another broodmare with the same requirements as my first mare.
5.) I will repeat the process with that mare, then buy more mares depending on how popular the foals are. If I do it this way, I won't have a ton of foals that can't find homes. I will only have as many that are likely to sell.
After the first two foals, I will give the option of selling the foal after weaning. I will train the foals (and raise the price as nessesary) until they are sold.